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2nd June 2017
The Women's Derby

The Women's Derby

To horse racing devotees when you mention ‘The Coronation Derby’ thoughts immediately turn to 1953, Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, Pinza and Gordon Richards winning his first and only Derby, at the 28th attempt.  However, only 16 years earlier, and barely three weeks after being crowned, King George VI graced Epsom on an identical occasion.  Though, unlike his …

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1st June 2017
Dunfermline - A Royal Champion

Dunfermline - A Royal Champion

1977 A Golden Year for Her Majesty - We look back at the dual Classic winning filly, Dunfermline. 1977 must have felt like all the planets had aligned, England defeated Australia in the Ashes Test Series, Liverpool won the European Cup and Red Rum won a record breaking third Grand National, whilst the Queen in her Silver Jubilee year famously landed two classics. Br…

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22nd May 2017
Epsom Derby winner Hermit - 150 years on

Epsom Derby winner Hermit - 150 years on

Where they are now? 'Where are they now?' is a topical question posed in many sporting articles.  150 years ago on Wednesday 22 May 1867 Hermit recorded a dramatic neck victory in the Derby at Epsom. An old blog, ( The Adventures of Hermit, Two Aristocrats, and a Lady) covers one of the most extraordinary stories in the Derby’s 237 year history.  A sensational t…

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16th May 2017
Joe Grimwade - setting up the Rothschild Yard

Joe Grimwade - setting up the Rothschild Yard

We caught up with Joe Grimwade who talks about the work he has done as RoR Yard and Public Engagement Manager before he moved onto pastures new. We are extremely grateful to Joe for setting up the new flagship yard for RoR in the Rothschild Yard. The yard had not seen regular activity since Bruce Hobbs left at the end of the 1985 flat season.Everyone at the National H…

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30th April 2017
The Greatest 2000 Guineas winner before Frankel?

The Greatest 2000 Guineas winner before Frankel?

Was Tudor Minstrel the greatest 2000 Guineas Winner before Frankel? Find out about his career in this blog by Grenville Davies. Frankel wins the Dewhurst 2010 When Frankel won the 2011 Two Thousand Guineas, he won it in such a manner that left racegoers rubbing their eyes in disbelief and wonderment at what they had just witnessed and had form students scanning their…

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18th April 2017
Stakes and Spuds

Stakes and Spuds

Stakes and Spuds - The story of Pot8o On the 20th April the Craven Stakes will be run at the Rowley Mile, Newmarket, almost one month and 235 years to the day that a famous son of Eclipse was victorious in that very race. On Monday 18th March 1782 Pot8os took the race from thirteen, mostly younger, horses. Pot8os? I hear you say… did a starchy vegetable win the rac…

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13th April 2017
A Stunning New film for RoR

A Stunning New film for RoR

Stunning new film showcases the transformation of racehorses to sport horses To mark the start of the 2017 racing season in Newmarket and the partnership that Retraining of Racehorses (RoR) enjoys with Palace House, the National Heritage Centre for Horseracing and Sporting Art, this week sees the official launch of a stunning new film commissioned to showcase the tran…

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12th April 2017
Discover Newmarket

Discover Newmarket

With the 2017 turf season on the flat now underway it is the ideal time to start planning a visit to Newmarket, The Home of Horseracing.  As part of any trip  you should seriously consider booking a tour with Discover Newmarket. We hope the information below whet’s your appetite to find out more about the exclusive behind the scenes tours of the Home of Horseracin…

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5th April 2017
War-Time Grand National Winners

War-Time Grand National Winners

Grenville Davies takes a look back at some of the War-Time Grand National winners Take-offs and landings at Gatwick have not always been restricted to planes jetting off to New York, Barcelona or Ibiza or some other far flung place; for three war-time Grand Nationals were run there between the years 1916-1918. Like the war-time Classics they are looked upon as a lesse…

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3rd April 2017
The Our Vic Story

The Our Vic Story

Stephen Wallis looks back at Our Vic's career with the help of trainer David Pipe, and takes a look at what he is up to in his retirement. After a near 3 month holiday in the Rothschild Yard, former Grade 1 chaser Our Vic is now back at his regular home at the British Racing School teaching aspiring jockeys to ride. However, 9 years ago, on the 3 April 2008 the scen…

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